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10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

’16 days of action’ helps employers tackle domestic abuse

The international campaign ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November to 10 December), encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse.

Somerset’s first carbon neutral school

A new £7.3 million primary school planned for Taunton is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the south west. The new 420-place primary school, which includes a 60-place nursery, will serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe and is needed to meet the expected […]

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Somerset County Council’s investment in the latest robot technology is helping to ensure absent pupils can continue to access education when not in the classroom. The Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support students who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges. […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge caution and care at Remembrance Day services

Remembrance services and parades will soon be taking place across the county to mark Armistice Day on Thursday 11 November, and Remembrance Sunday on 14 November. This year also marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, and with services unable to take place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, Public Health Leaders across Somerset […]

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St […]

Volunteering team launches new Facebook page

A new Facebook page has been launched by Somerset County Council’s Central Volunteer Team to keep people informed about Somerset County Council’s volunteer opportunities, key updates and good news stories. Volunteering was significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many services unable to operate due to lockdown. As restrictions ease and more volunteering roles are returning […]

Call for more Covid Community Champions as Somerset cases remain high

As Covid-19 cases remain high in Somerset, there is a renewed call for people to step forward and become Covid Community Champions. The Covid Community Champion Network has been going from strength to strength since it was first launched in October last year. There are now well over 100 trained Champions across Somerset, sharing messages […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Halloween weekend

Halloween weekend is fast approaching and while many of us love a fun scare and a bit of trick or treating, with coronavirus cases still high across Somerset, Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about things they can do whilst having fun, to help control the spread of the virus. This year, everyone is […]

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is being set up at North Parade car park in Frome this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing more accessible to areas with acute need. Anyone wishing to get tested must book a test in advance, and tests are only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high […]